Always and Forever Scrapbook Layout by Leanne McAlpine

Hello everyone I hope you are well? Today I’m sharing with you this scrapbook layout I have made.
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Next year my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary! I can’t quite believe it. I can still remember it as if it was yesterday. We were lucky enough to get married in Barbados so have photos that are a little different to the traditional photos you could get at the time. The photo I have chosen is one of my favourites.
I used to be an avid scrapbooker years ago when my children were small, but as life got busier, I kind of fell out with it. I have recently re-found my love for it and the process of scrapbooking has changed so much with the introduction of mixed media into scrapbooking layouts, meaning that anything goes. Thank goodness because as you know I don’t do neat!
To make this layout, I have used mostly products from the Crafter’s Companion Rustic Wedding Collection. I absolutely love this collection and it is not just suitable for rustic themes, if you change the colours used it can fit any theme.
To make this project you will need:
From the Rustic Wedding Signature Collection:
  • Rustic wedding 12×12 paper pad
  • J’adore die
  • Hope die
  • Love die
  • Newlyweds die
  • Mon Amour die
  • Bridal bouquet die
  • Rub on transfers
Other items
  • Kraft card
  • Cream card
  • Gold mirror card
  • Crotched lace – I used craft buddy
  • Distress ink-tea dye
  • Wow embossing powder-white
  • Clear pigment ink pad
  • Collage stamp – I used Woodware
  • Assorted paper flowers and embellishments
  • Hot glue gun
Here’s what I did:
First of all, I randomly stamped the collage stamp with the pigment ink pad then heat embossed with the white embossing powder. This was to add some extra texture and I was not looking for a crisp clean image.
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I then set about die cutting the leaves and tendrils from the bridal bouquet in both kraft and cream card. Once they were cut, I applied gilding polish to some of them, not all.
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I cut the J’adore die twice from kraft card using my Gemini. To ensure a crisp cut, I used my metal shim and also embossed it. Once cut, I inked both pieces with the distress ink. Now I use make up sponges bought from a well-known German supermarket as my blending sponges. They are cheaper and just as effective.
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Using the newlyweds die set, I used the outer edge to cut a solid heart from hessian. I then cut the complete set from cream card.
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I then cut a solid tag from kraft card using the Mon Amour set. Once cut, I added the ‘always and forever’ rub on in white. I did think that these would be whiter than they were.
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Once all the piece were cut, I then attached as shown below. I used hot glue to attach all the elements. I never plan my projects so they just happen and if I did have an idea of what I wanted to do, it would rapidly go off piste!
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Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope I have inspired you to have a go at scrapbooking if it’s something you haven’t tried before or to re-visit if it’s something you haven’t done for a while.
Thanks for popping by.
Leanne x

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